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Mayer Brown, Keith Willner, Washington DC, USA

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Keith Willner

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Mayer Brown

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Real Estate.


Keith Willner is one of the six international firm-wide Practice Leaders of Mayer Brown’s Real Estate practice. He regularly counsels major REITS, institutional developers, banks, private equity and opportunity funds, insurance companies, pension funds and pension fund advisors, asset managers and other capital providers in connection with the acquisition, venturing, financing, leasing and disposition of real estate. His transactions often focus on complex structuring issues, and tax, ERISA, bankruptcy and corporate considerations, involving foreign and domestic investors.


University of Virginia, BA, 1981 magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa; University of Virginia, JD, 1984.

United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

Mayer Brown’s strong institutional client base, which includes the likes of CBRE Global Investors and MetLife, ensured that the practice remained busy on a number of high-value investment deals. Examples included Chicago-based Paul Meyer and John Huff advising a foreign investment fund on its $452m acquisition of the office and garage unit of a mixed-use Boston office and retail condominium building; and David Malinger - also in Chicago - representing Prologis in its $5.9bn acquisition of the real estate assets and operating platform of KTR Capital Partners and its affiliates. While the practice is best known for its Chicago platform, which includes practice chair Jeffrey Usow, it also impresses in Washington DC through, among others, Nathan McMichael and Keith Willner, who assisted a major private equity player with a multibillion-dollar acquisition. Other avenues of work include borrower-side debt finance as well as EB-5 financing; Los Angeles-based Brian Aronson was particularly busy in the latter for the firm’s broad quota of inbound investors. The practice also has outlets in Houston, Palo Alto, New York and Charlotte. Houston-based Andres Romay made partner.

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